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Rose, Owls fly into Gildan Charleston Classic finale

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Temple guard Quinton Rose has the demeanor of a big time player and Friday afternoon he showed that moxy.  When Auburn closed to five and then to three, Rose stepped up in major fashion in the Owls’ 88-74 win over the Tigers in the Charleston Classic semifinal. Rose, a 6-8 sophomore guard from Rochester, N.Y, made three …

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Marching to Madness Episode 198: Wofford head coach Mike Young

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome in Wofford head coach Mike Young. Topics of discussion include: building the program into a perennial Southern Conference contender, the opening of Richardson Indoor Stadium, how Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover work so well off each other, the development of Cameron Jackson, and so much more. …

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Cold first half hurts Tigers in loss to Owls

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Auburn struggled from the field in the first half – in fact, the Tigers shot only 24.4 percent, but hung around and maintained a presence before Temple closed on a 24-15 run over the last 7:50 to subdue the Tigers, 88-74 in the Charleston Classic semifinals at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron …

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Pemberton, poise lead Hofstra over Dayton

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Hofstra sophomore guard Eli Pemberton didn’t mind being a party crasher on Thursday evening in Game 4 of the Charleston Classic.  The lower bowl was filled with excited Dayton Flyers basketball fans, an outstanding pep band led by celebrity of a conductor.  Pemberton’s 27 points and the Pride’s poise in the clutch allowed Hofstra to pull out …

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Auburn accentuates win with stellar defense

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Defense travels and in this case, it was a welcomed sight for Coach Bruce Pearl.  The Tigers’ freshman of a year ago had all of the offensive skills you could throw on the table, so in the off-season, the emphasis was on all aspects on the defensive end of the floor. That emphasis came together in the …

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Mack looking for Xavier to improve rebounding presence

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Although Xavier has scored over 100 points in back-to-back openers for the first time, coach Chris Mack cautioned that there are areas the Musketeers need to fix in order to go forward and be successful.  Rebounding is an area of concern although the Musketeers shot 61 percent in the first two games combined and then averaged 41 …

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Marching to Madness Episode 197: Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome in Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. Topics of discussion include: takeaways from opening the season at Kentucky and Duke, Tuesday’s victory over Idaho State, building the foundation at Utah Valley, implementing transfers and building chemistry, the development of Akolda Manyang, and so much more. It’s …

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Davidson proving to be an early offensive dynamo

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The question arose, “Just how good can Davidson be offensively?” The Wildcats drilled a school and Atlantic 10 record 26 three-pointers in a 110-62 performance over Charleston Southern last Friday and then they came back Tuesday night and knocked down 13 more in undressing UNC Wilmington, 108-81, at Belk Arena. “The scary thing is I think we …

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Razorbacks’ resounding start shows several components

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Maybe the Arkansas Razorbacks have been undervalued and picked much too low in the SEC.  They came into the season as generally a mid-SEC pick that would be placed on the bubble by the bracketologists in March.  Notably, they seemed to start revving their motors at the “Fastest 40” pace in a 95-56 win over Samford on …

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Trojans opener emphasized their maturity

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright played against NBA veterans all summer in the pick up leagues in southern California.  They became stronger and their games matured. “Chimezie and I played against a lot of grown men and they didn’t take it easy on us,” commented Boatwright, “It was a great experience.” Friday night in USC’s opening 84-42 …